Winder, Georgia, homeowners rely on their heat pumps to provide comfort and warmth to their homes during the winter. Making sure your heat pump is in top shape involves some attention on your part. If you maintain it correctly, your heat pump could last 15 to 20 years. Learn some tips from our HVAC service technicians that can help you keep your heat pump in peak operating condition.

Change the Heat Pump Air Filter Regularly

A dirty air filter is one of the most common causes of heating malfunctions. When dust, dirt, and other debris accumulate on the air filter, this buildup restricts airflow through the filter. As a result, the heat pump compensates for this restricted airflow by turning on and off more frequently or using more energy than necessary to operate. Over time, an overworked heating system is more susceptible to breakdowns. Change the air filter at least once every 3 months to keep your heating system in good working condition.

Clear Away Debris From the Outdoor Unit

The outdoor unit is an essential component of your heating system. Any obstructions, such as leaves, branches, and shrubs, near the unit can affect your heat pump’s efficiency. Take time to regularly clear away debris and ensure the outdoor unit has several feet of open space around it.

Mind Your Thermostat Usage

You may be tempted to turn up the thermostat to heat your home faster during the winter. In reality, setting your thermostat at a higher temperature won’t make your heater work faster to heat your home. If your home doesn’t feel as warm as you’d like it to be, consider upgrading your thermostat. Smart thermostats allow you to adjust temperatures with precision and program temperature settings to give you the level of warmth and comfort you desire.

In addition to following these tips, schedule regular heat pump maintenance with our Phelps Heating and Air Conditioning service technicians. To schedule an appointment, call us at (770) 267-2043.

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